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WATCH: Arguably the worst dropped catch of 2019

Williamson had three lives including a howler of a dropped catch by Joe Denly

PHOTO COURTESY: Sky Sports

England's Joe Denly put up a late contender for worst dropped catch of the year on the fifth day of the second Test against New Zealand in Hamilton.

The 33-year-old botched a straight forward catch when Black Caps captain Kane Williamson played a shot directly towards him the lunch interval.

Williamson was outfoxed by a change in delivery from paceman Jofra Archer but Denly was unable to complete the simple catch.

Is this the worst dropped catch of all time... boy oh boy pic.twitter.com/rjoOerWBr4

— Bryce Parker (@bryce_parker26) December 2, 2019

The hosts secured a one-nil victory after rain washed out most of the final day's play in Hamilton.

The second Test ended in a draw after Williamson (104) and Ross Taylor (105) thwarted England's attack with an unbroken 213-run partnership to help their side seal a fifth successive series win at home.

New Zealand won the first game at Bay Oval in Mt. Maunganui by an innings and 65 runs.

Root enjoyed a return to form with his player of the match 226 at the end a poor year when the skipper averaged below 30.

New Zealand, meanwhile, head to Australia on Saturday for a three-Test series with the 1-0 win over England cementing their number two world ranking behind India.